8th October 2016: Release notes for the Assessment Tool: enhancements


The assessment tool team has recently released a series of updates which enahnce the functionality of the tool. The release includes performance enhancements that further improve the generation of the Latest Learner results and Gain reports. One of those enhancements was a change to the display of the reports; those that returned data for more than 100 learners no longer displayed individual learner data on the report page (that data is still available on the CSV and PDF downloads). This small change allows large reports to run more quickly. Other enhancements include the provision of screen feedback while reports are generating; the ability to add one group to another group; and the ability to search for a learner on the learner page, and from there add that learner to a pre-existing assessment.



29th March 2016: Starting Points assessments - notes on reporting


As a result of the introduction of the Starting Points assessments, changes have been made to a number of extract reports (latest learner scale score, highest learner scale score, all learner assessment results, all assessment results, and gain). These changes will affect organisations who interact with the tool via automated features. For support, please contact the Assessment Tool Service desk assessforadults@nzcer.org.nz


14th March 2016: The Starting Points Reading assessment option is now live!


Starting Points Reading is one of two online, adaptive assessment options designed for learners who are at or below koru/step one of the Learning Progressions for Adult Literacy.


To complete Starting Points Reading a learner must understand a range of spoken and written English, including basic questions and directions. Therefore this option is not suitable for ESOL learners who are at very early stages of learning English.


Starting Points Reading is suitable for learners who are at foundation stages of learning to read. These include both English language learners (ESOL) and learners who have grown up in Aotearoa/New Zealand and have English as their first language. Some of these learners are likely to have reading and/or other learning differences. This option is based on the Starting Points Assessment Guide, and focuses on reading.


Starting Points Reading has been released under trial status. It includes both new item content and a new framework informed by existing Starting Points resources and extensive sector piloting. Because of this, items have a provisional difficulty rating. Once trial data is collected we will update items with their final values and finalise the reporting framework.


The web address for the Starting Points assessment homepage is  https://assess.literacyandnumeracyforadults.com/StartingLogin.aspx


A copy of the release document, including instructions on how to use the Starting Points reading assessment option, can be found here in PDF at the bottom of this page.


If you have any questions about the Starting Points Listening assessment please contact the Assessment Tool Service Desk at assessforadults@nzcer.org.nz



24th January 2016: The Starting Points Listening assessment option is now live!


1) Starting Points Listening assesses a learner’s ability to understand basic, everyday words in spoken English. The main focus is listening. It is suitable only for beginning English language learners (ESOL), particularly those new to Aotearoa New Zealand.



2) Starting Points Listening assessments are available online only. They are designed to be completed in a supported, one-to-one situation, ideally using a tablet, although the assessments can be completed on a desktop or laptop computer and could be completed independently by more confident learners.



3) The web address for the Starting Points assessment homepage is  https://assess.literacyandnumeracyforadults.com/StartingLogin.aspx



4) Starting Points assessments are created via the link on the Home and Assessments tabs.



5) Starting Points Listening assessments have a new ‘Discontinued’ feature that will end the assessment after seven incorrect or skipped questions.



6) Starting Points Listening assessments allow the learner to advance without answering a question. The response is treated as incorrect but reported as ‘not answered’ to differentiate it from genuine incorrect responses.


7) The release document for Starting Points listening, including instructions on how to use the assessment option, is available as a PDF at the bottom of this page.


If you have any questions about the Starting Points Listening assessment please contact the Assessment Tool Service Desk at assessforadults@nzcer.org.nz